Biosciences Division


Shih-Chieh Kao

Shih-Chieh Kao

Energy-Water Resource Systems Group
Environmental Sciences Division
Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6038
Phone:  (865) 576-1259
Fax:   (865) 576-8646

Research Interests

  • Climate Change Impact Assessment on Hydropower Generation
  • Extreme Rainfall, Drought, and Low Flow Frequency Analysis
  • Copula-based Multivariate Statistical Analysis
  • Streamflow Availability and River Networks


  • Ph.D., Civil Engineering (Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering), Purdue University, 2008
  • M.S., Civil Engineering (Hydraulic and Hydrologic Engineering), National Taiwan University, 2001
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, National Taiwan University, 1999

Shih-Chieh Kao is a statistical hydrologist in the Environmental Sciences Division of ORNL.  His areas of research expertise are hydrologic extremes, climatic change impact assessment, and water availability.  Prior to ORNL, Kao was a research associate at Purdue University, where he earned his doctorate in civil engineering in 2008.  His dissertation, “Multivariate Statistical Analysis of Indiana Hydrologic Data,” was named best dissertation in the civil engineering department for 2008.  Kao has been a frequent technical reviewer for several science journals, and has also been awarded as an Outstanding Reviewer for the Journal Hydrologic Engineering in 2009.